EU to donate Euros 300 million to finance Tunisia-Italy electricity connection project | Tunisia News Gazette

EU to donate Euros 300 million to finance Tunisia-Italy electricity connection project

Tunisia will receive a 300 million Euro (about 900 million dinars) donation to finance the electricity connection project between Tunisia and Italy, said Minister of Energy, Mines and renewable Energy Khaled Kaddour.

He added, during a hearing session, organised by the Finance, Planning and Development Committee of the House of People Representatives (HPR), that this project, which is currently in the technical studies phase, is worth 600 million euros and will also be financed by the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG) as well as the Italian company “Terna”.

The project consists of an electrical connection between Tunisia (Cap Bon) and Italy (Sicily), using the DC technique with a capacity of 600 megawatts in a first step to reach 1200 megawatts in a second phase and this, through the laying of a submarine line of a length of 1,200 km.

The minister noted that 10 major projects are spread across different regions of the country and will have direct impacts on the regions, except that they do not yet receive funding.

These projects are those of phosphate Sraouertane kef, dismantling and transformation of polluting units in Sfax and electricity production. It is also the Nawara gas project in Gabes, the energy storage station by pumping water from Oued El Maleh to Jendouba, the hydraulic transport of phosphate and the transport of laundries in the governorate of Gafsa and the integrated development project in the Saharan areas in Tataouine.

Source: TAP News Agency

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